Giants News: Pat Shurmur Wants Eli Manning's Successor in NY 'Sooner Than Later'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2019

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is thinking about life after Eli Manning.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Shurmur said Tuesday that he would like to have Manning's successor on the roster "sooner than later."

Shurmur also said that he would like for Manning's successor to spend a year learning under the two-time Super Bowl champion, meaning New York may be leaning toward selecting a quarterback early in April's draft in Nashville, Tennessee, since Manning's contract expires at the end of the 2019 campaign.

The G-Men own the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft, meaning they may have a shot at one of the top quarterbacks in the class.

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins are widely thought to be the top two signal-callers available. Murray has been heavily linked to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall pick, though, which means Haskins may be the only top quarterback New York can realistically land.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported that the Giants did more homework on Haskins during the 2018 season than any other NFL team:

The Giants also met with Haskins prior to his pro day at Ohio State, according to Tom Rock of Newsday.

In his lone season as the Buckeyes' starter, Haskins put up huge numbers. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions while also rushing for four touchdowns.

Haskins finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Murray and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, respectively, and he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

Although the rebuilding Giants are prepared to give Manning at least one more year as a starter, it is clear that they need their quarterback of the future. Manning is now 38 years of age and has led New York to the playoffs just once in the past seven seasons.

The 6'3", 231-pound Haskins is a big, strong armed quarterback who could give New York the type of vertical passing game it needs in order to take some pressure off superstar running back Saquon Barkley.

In order to land Haskins, the Giants may have to guard against a quarterback-needy team—like the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins or Denver Broncostrading ahead of them in the draft.

Despite that possibility, Miller predicted in his latest mock draft that Haskins will go to the Giants at No. 6.

If the Giants don't get Murray or Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock or Duke's Daniel Jones are options with the No. 17 overall pick or in the second round. Or the Giants could acquire 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen from the Cards if Arizona takes Murray first overall.

Failing all of that, the Giants may refocus and look to take Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert in next year's draft, which could lead them to sign Manning for another year.


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